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Ellie Kemper ’02

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper is an actress and writer originally from St. Louis, MO. At Princeton Kemper was a member of the field hockey team during her freshman year when the team placed second in the NCAA Division One National Championship. After leaving the field hockey team, where she mostly sat on the bench and provided water for her teammates who were actually tired and sweaty from playing on the field instead of sitting on the bench, she joined the campus’ improvisation group, Quipfire!, and its musical theater group, Triangle. After graduating, she spent a year at Oxford University pursuing graduate studies in English Literature. Upon moving to New York, Kemper studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the People’s Improv Theater. She also interned for a year at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, appearing in sketches on the show. She has appeared in many television commercials, hawking items from Mega M&M’s to Citibank to Caltrate. Kemper was a contributing writer for The Onion while living in New York. She is also a contributor to the literary journal, McSweeney’s.

As an actress, she got her big break when she landed the role of Erin Hannon on the American version of “The Office.” She played Erin for the last four seasons of the show. She has also appeared in the films “Bridesmaids,” “21 Jump Street,” “Laggies,” and Sex Tape.

Kemper currently plays Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The show was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. She also voices the character, “Crackle,” in the Disney animated series, “Sofia the First.”